COVID-19 Resource Information

COVID-19 numbers in the state of Georgia are rapidly increasing despite encouragement to get vaccinated. Social distancing, face masks and hand washing are STILL recommended to continue to fight the spread of COVID-19.

COVID-19 in 2021


✅Wear a mask
✅Practice social distancing
✅Wash/sanitize your hands regularly
✅Follow public health guidance



At the City Council meeting held on Monday, August 16, 2021, Mayor Horton announced that the mask resolution passed in December 2020 was still in effect on City properties since the number of COVID-19 cases in Newton County now exceeds 100 per 100,000 over a two week period. Newton County is currently in the high transmission category for COVID-19.

The following guidelines are outlined in the mask resolution:
1. Individuals will be required to wear a face covering on City properties.
2. Face coverings aren't mandated on private property, but Council is encouraging businesses to institute the mandatory mask resolution.
3. Masks are not required to be medical grade so long as they cover the nose and mouth. Bandanas, scarves and other similar fabrics are allowed.
4. Businesses within city limits may indicated that they require masks on their property by posting a notice at each entrance accessible to the public.
5. Masks are not required while eating or drinking or if socially distanced at least six feet apart.
6. The Covington Police Department will enforce the ordinance on all public property and any private property that chooses to require masks. Any individual who fails to be in compliance with this order is subject to a $50 fine.


All of the GNR Health Departments vaccine locations have walk-up capability so appointments are not required.

COVID-19 Resources

Access the below websites for more information on COVID-19, sheltering in place and other possible questions about COVID-19 in Georgia:

Brian P. Kemp Office of the Governor

Georgia Dept. of Public Safety

Georgia Dept. of Public Health

Georgia's COVID-19 Daily Status Report

UPDATE AS OF 04/30/21: Executive Order "Empowering a Healthy Georgia"

UPDATE AS OF 04/23/21: Executive Order "Renewal of Public Health State of Emergency"

VACCINATION EMERGENCY LEAVE AS OF 3/31/21: Executive Order "Empowering a Healthy Georgia"